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Quarantine the Past

Rating: 9.9/10 ?

April 1, 2010
I can't help but picture the kid with ten bucks trying to decide what to buy, picking out Quarantine the Past, and having one of those life-changing moments where he devotes his life foolishly to indie-rock and all that it constitutes. That magic moment where suddenly mainstream rock and all its trappings just don't stand up, and wry wit, jagged guitars and a fuck-all attitude shift priority in the attentions of my hypothetical kid.

But it's not all that hypothetical, really. For starters, the disc actually costs 10 dollars - remember when CDs cost ten dollars? Downloading actually seemed like stealing in those days. Thanks to Matador's distinctive "mid-price classics" and Pavement's reunion spilling more ink (er, pixel?) than Tiger Woods' divorce proceedings, there's more buzz surrounding this collection than any best-of in any genre in recent memory. Pavement was always legitimized by the rock press but here's where they finally take their trophy, right? Any kid reading all the stories being published pretty much everywhere is going to want to know what all the hubbub is about. And as Pavement only has a discography slightly larger than the Velvet Underground's, Quarantine the Past is as good a place to start as any.

Diehards will lob all the complaints about sequencing and omissions, but if we're being honest here, what this compilation isn't leaves no blemish on the quality of what it actually is. So let's get those out of the way: they miss by not including great later songs such as "Major Leagues" and ignoring the subtly crafted slower side of Brighten the Corners. But this record's designed to get people interested in going back to pick up all that stuff anyway. What is included should succeed in making kids curious enough to find the rest on their own; leaving big treasures left to discover themselves was almost courteous.

Instead of a chronological breakdown or strict singles trajectory, Past plays out like a well-chosen (and not impersonal) mixtape. Starting with "Gold Soundz" and then sprinkling in worthy rarities and fan favorites such as "Frontwards" and "Box Elder" among "Summer Babe," "Cut Your Hair," et ak., it does as good a job as it possibly can. Shows people all the different sides that Pavement displayed in their heyday. Includes rare highlights like "Unseen Power of the Picket Fence" and "Mellow Jazz Docent." Shows that best-ofs and rag-and-bones excavations need not be mutually exclusive (or suck). It bodes well for setlists on the upcoming megatour. Nicked exactly one tenth for not rendering the real albums obsolete.

Reviewed by Cory Tendering
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